Police arrest suspect in pair of car chases
Authorities have arrested a 33-year-old Rifle man who they say has fled from police in high-speed chases twice in the last couple of months.
The 33-year-old was arrested following a high-speed chase in March, in which the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says he fled from a deputy at speeds over 105 mph on Interstate 70 near Parachute. A deputy wrote in an affidavit that he was weaving in and out of traffic trying to lose the deputy.
The deputy broke off the chase after he could no longer see the vehicle, at around mile post 62.
Soon afterward, the De Beque Marshall’s Department was in a foot pursuit with the 33-year-old, eventually holding him at gunpoint, the deputy heard over dispatch.
In this case he faces charges of vehicular eluding, a class 5 felony, and the misdemeanors reckless driving, driving under restraint, obstructing a peace officer and no proof of insurance.
Then, on April 20 police responded to a vehicle theft in Kings Crown Mobile Home Park in Rifle.
They then got a report that the green Subaru station wagon that was reported stolen was seen headed toward the Rifle High School bus barn, where officers who went to investigate immediately found the vehicle.
When the responding officer activated his patrol car’s emergency light, the vehicle made a U-turn and passed the officer. The officer wrote in an affidavit that he immediately recognized the driver.
The car sped toward Railroad Avenue, during a time of heavy traffic when school was in session, the officer wrote in an affidavit. He quickly broke off the pursuit in fear of public safety.
Based on his own speed, the officer thought the 33-year-old was driving over 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.
He was arrested May 6 on a warrant charging vehicular eluding, a class 5 felony, and the misdemeanors reckless driving, driving under restraint and driving with fictitious plates.
Petty theft suspect found with meth
Glenwood Springs police responded to a Wal-Mart theft on May 1 in which a pair of 20-something men were seen concealing items.
A loss prevention officer told police he saw one man cut open several packages and stash the items down his pants.
Searching one of the young men, a 26-year-old from Parachute, police found an iPad cover and a package of men’s shirts. But also in his jacket pockets they found small baggies of methamphetamine and a scale.
He was arrested on charges of unlawful distribution, a class 3 drug felony, possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony, and the misdemeanors violation of a restraining order and petty theft.
Domestic violence draws police attention, possession charge
Witnesses called Glenwood Springs police after seeing a 28-year-old Glenwood Springs man dragging his disabled girlfriend between the Kum & Go and the Dairy Queen on Gilstrap Court the morning of May 6.
His girlfriend has a disability requiring her to use a motorized wheelchair, which was still at the gas station while he was dragging her away, according to witnesses.
Officers found her in the grass between the stores, yelling and unable to move.
The couple has a history of domestic violence, the responding officer wrote in an affidavit.
The 28-year-old man was arrested for obstructing a peace officer when he ignored officer’s warnings not to move toward his girlfriend, causing a brief physical altercation with one officer.
On the motorized wheelchair inside the Kum & Go was a green backpack, in which officers found six syringes – several used and one loaded with methamphetamine.
Two of the needles were uncapped and bent with what police believed to be dried blood on them, according to an affidavit.
Police had a run-in with the couple the previous day, when the two were “visibly under the influence of methamphetamine,” the officer wrote. Officers found needles on the 28-year-old man at that time as well.
He told police the drugs were his and not his girlfriends, and he was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class 3 drug felony, obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.
Third time’s the charm for intoxicated Carbondale man
After twice being released to his parents on alcohol-related charges, a 42-year-old Carbondale man was arrested after his third run-in with Carbondale police in the same day May 7.
Carbondale police first got a call that afternoon about a couple of men fighting in the street at Weant Boulevard and Glassier Street. The 42-year-old Carbondale man told police he was only helping his intoxicated friend, a 54-year-old Carbondale man.
The 42-year-old was issued a summons for driving under the influence, and police released him to his parents. About three hours later police got a call about a man waving a gun around at Marble Court and Second Street.
They again contacted the 42-year-old Carbondale man but couldn’t find a weapon on him. He was released again to his parents, who were unaware he had left the house.
About 37 minutes later police got a call from the 54-year-old man saying that the 42-year-old had showed up at his residence and pushed his way into the house after he’d answered the door.
The younger man punched him in the face and continued assaulting him, pointing a .45-caliber pistol in his face and saying, “I will shoot you in the face!” according to an affidavit.
The assailant blamed the older man for getting him a DUI, the victim told police.
He was arrested on charges of menacing with a deadly weapon, a class 5 felony, first-degree criminal trespassing, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor assault.
20-something charged in laser theft
A 23-year-old New Castle man was arrested May 4 after Glenwood Springs police say he stole a couple of lasers.
Police responded to a trespassing call at the 1300 block of Riverview Avenue in the early morning. A Glenwood Springs man awoke to the sound of his truck door being slammed, and he looked outside to see a shaggy haired man in his truck, he told police.
The thief then ran toward a nearby GMC truck, got in the driver seat and fled toward Midland Avenue.
The man found he was missing two “lasers” (used as building levels) from his vehicle.
Police tracked the young man and his vehicle to Mountain Market in Glenwood. A nearby resident also found that the 23-year-old had several of his tools that had gone missing from his garage, which police noticed was left open in the middle of the night.
He was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 4 felony, first-degree criminal trespassing, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor theft.
Glenwood business owner arrested for fraudulent check
A Glenwood Springs business owner was arrested April 27 on felony charges for writing a check for thousands of dollars from a nonexistent checking account.
The owner of Patchman USA Inc. wrote a check to Carpet One in December for $3,333.91, according to an affidavit.
He paid with a company check, but Carpet One later found that the check was from a closed 1st Bank account.
The 26-year-old business owner told Carpet One that he’d closed the account and opened another, mistakenly giving them the wrong check. But he never returned to give them a working one.
An investigator found that he had two accounts at the bank that had both been closed in July, so he had no open accounts with 1st Bank when he made the purchase.
He was arrested on charges of theft between $2,000 and $4,999, a class 6 felony, and fraud by check, a class 6 felony.
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